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Every year, Pennsylvania Business Central celebrates the top 100 people in business and economic development who have learned how to develop their organizations and communities.

On the pages that follow, you will learn everything you need to know about this year’s Top 100 — what they do, what makes them tick and how they have become the great success stories that they are.

Our goal is simple: To show you how these 100 people achieved greatness. As you read their profiles, you will learn that they are much more than just a face on a page. They run companies, volunteer their time and also raise families. Somehow, someway, many achieve the work-life balance that escapes so many.

Each profile is unique. So be sure to take time to peruse the profiles, learn what you can about these individuals.

We think you’ll find that Pennsylvania is made up of hard-working people from fantastic communities.

The Commonwealth continues to grow and thrive because of great people — people just like those in our Top 100.

Plus, keep an eye out for our Top 100 Organizations special edition, coming out next month, celebrating the best of the best in the region’s businesses, non- profits and brands.

2018-01-26 / Top 100 People

Elmer Laslo

President and CEO

1st Summit Bank

Elmer Laslo is 1st Summit Bank’s president and CEO. He is a 1970 graduate of Geneva College with a degree in economics. He completed the graduate school of banking program at the University of Wisconsin sponsored by Bank Administration Institute. Several years later, he chaired the community banking major for the school.

According to Laslo, he is proud to have grown the bank into a billion- dollar institution through the development and personal growth of the professionals who made it happen.

“1st Summit Bank became the naming rights partner for the Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown, which is the region’s largest event center. The new name is now 1st Summit Arena at Cambria County War Memorial,” Laslo said of the bank’s most recent accomplishments.

Laslo is a community leader who is involved in many civic and non-profit organizations. He is a past chairman of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association and the current president of Enterprise Venture Capital Corporation. He also serves on the boards of Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown Heritage Association and the Community Arts Center of Cambria County.

In his free time, Laslo enjoys racquetball, tennis and running. He is also an avid reader.

He has some advice for those in the business world.

“When working on a goal,” Laslo said, “start with the end result in mind.”

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